Journalists interviewing Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina
and Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo (photo credit: FARA)
The minister spoke at the opening ceremony of a one-day Dialogue Between Africa’s Agricultural Knowledge Institutions and Development Partners, organized by the Accra-based Forum For Agricultural Research In Africa (FARA).
He said "the continent must invest heavily in research, science and technology so as to transform the continent's agriculture sector, noting that the US$ 250 million being put into research annually by FARA and other Sub-Regional Research Organisations are not enough. We must invest more in research and science. We are underfunding research, it is now time for African countries to mobilise domestic funding into the sector. We cannot continue to depend on donor agencies".
It is our hope that with the new institutional changes at the FARA and SRO levels, we can indeed be hopeful for new deliverables in the Agriculture Research For Development (AR4D) landscape in Africa. The emerging Science Agenda is a sure demonstration of the resolve of FARA to take the leadership role in both hands and to deliver the science behind the politics to attain a food secure Africa.The Chairperson of FARA, Dr. Charity Kruger, said that the idea was to strategise ways to upscale
“We are planning to scale up agricultural research for development and this requires significant investment and that is why we brought the development partners here to discuss the way forward. You need technology to enhance production.We do believe that the kind of agricultural research that we envisage will be able to transform food production not just food but food that targets development issues such as malnutrition. It is through research that we can fortify the food that we produce to target such development issues”Addressing participants in a Partnership Business Platform of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Dr. Irene Frempong said “African countries must come together to allocate more resources into research and science because it is important that the continent shares the benefits of science discovery.”
- A clear vision, mission and development objectives, and sustainability of the actions proposed
- Engagement of policy makers to effect the needed changes
- Engagement of a range of actors for comparative advantage
Related:2/11/2013. Voice of Nigeria. Nigeria to invest in agricultural research institutes
2/11/2013 PANA. Agricultural research across Africa